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Georgia Tech’s New, Super-Cheap MOOC Master’s Degree Could Radically Change American Higher Education

Georgia Tech’s New, Super-Cheap MOOC Master’s Degree Could Radically Change American Higher Education | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
How Georgia Tech’s new, super-cheap online master’s degree could radically change American higher education.
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A Nightmare Future of Higher-Ed

A Nightmare Future of Higher-Ed | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

The shrinking number of tenured academics has been paralleled by a growing number of very well-paid administration positions, filled by MBAs or Educational Administration doctorates who have spent little or no time in the actual educational trenches. 

 

 

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32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms

32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Graphic that features 32 characteristics of high-performing classrooms.

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edX Launching a High School Initiative

edX Launching a High School Initiative | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Studies show that nearly 60 percent of first-year U.S. college students are unprepared for postsecondary studies. This readiness gap between college eligibility and preparedness is costly not only to students, but also to families and institutions.
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A new classification schema for MOOCs

A new classification schema for MOOCs | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

This paper considers the pedagogies associated with different types of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). It argues that the current discourse around the concept of xMOOCs (primarily based around interaction with content and essentially adopting a behaviourist learning approach), and cMOOCs (which focus on harnessing the power of social media and interaction with peers, adopting a connectivist learning approach), is an inadequate way of describing the variety of MOOCs and the ways in which learners engage with them. It will provide a brief history of the emergence of MOOCs and the key stakeholders. It will introduce an alternative means of categorising MOOCs, based on their key characteristics. It will then describe the 7Cs of Learning Design framework, which can be used to design more pedagogically informed MOOCs, which enhances the learner experience and ensure quality assurance.

 

 


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The evolution of Moocs

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Online courses may have been over-hyped, but they will still be a valuable part of the future
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Competency catches on at community college

Competency catches on at community college | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Competency-based education isn’t an experiment at Bellevue College near Seattle, writes Paul Bradley on Community College Week. The college’s first CBE program — a business software specialist certificate program — has proven very popular.
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Competency-Based Education Is Not the “New MOOC”

Competency-Based Education Is Not the “New MOOC” | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

As I have written elsewhere,1 we have entered something I call the MOOC 3.0 era, where the original, true MOOC form (single course, free, no admission requirements, no credit, and large enrollments) has disaggregated and hybridized into different forms: flipped, wrapped, small, private, distributed, etc. We now know that MOOCs attract highly educated individuals from around the globe who are expanding their already advanced knowledge for professional advancement or personal enrichment. Few complete the classes they begin, and few are earning academic credit for their efforts. By now, extreme hype has given way to a more nuanced reality.


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Competency_Based Education Is Not the "New MOOC"

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Education at a Glance 2014: OECD Indicators

Education at a Glance 2014: OECD Indicators | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

This annual publication is the authoritative source for accurate and relevant information on the state of education around the world.

Featuring more than 150 charts, 300 tables, and over 100 000 figures, it provides data on the structure, finances, and performance of education systems in the OECD’s 34 member countries, as well as a number of partner countries.

Education at a Glance 2014: OECD Indicators Archived webcast of the launch of  Education at a Glance 2014  (September 9, 2014)

 

http://www.oecd.org/edu/Education-at-a-Glance-2014.pdf

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Why 'Nano-Degrees' Can Never Replace Liberal Arts Colleges

Why 'Nano-Degrees' Can Never Replace Liberal Arts Colleges | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

In a market where jobs are constantly shifting and disappearing, the kind of ultra-specialized training offered by companies like Udacity won't go very far. These online educational ventures don’t pretend to be educating the whole person; they want just to train a small part of a student for a specific task.

 

 

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Humanities Indicators

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Despite considerable discussion in the media about the impact of the recent recession on academia in general and the humanities in particular, the results from the Humanities Departmental Survey (HDS-2) suggest considerable continuity between the 2007–08 and 2012–13 academic years—bearing in mind that we are only seeing snapshots from two moments in time. Among the degree-granting departments surveyed for both HDS-1 and HDS-2 (in art history, English, languages and literatures other than English, history, history of science, linguistics, combined languages and literatures programs, and religion at four-year institutions) the number of existing departments and faculty appeared relatively unchanged, though the number of students majoring in the humanities slipped.

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Over 70,000 students start world’s biggest English class

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A record number of people from around the world will be starting a new English class as the British Council launches its new course ‘Exploring English: Language and Culture’, according to British Council.
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The College Course Is Dead?

The College Course Is Dead? | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

The college course is dead. Or at least that's the argument I make in an op-ed today about MIT's report. And if it's not dead, I hope that someone will soon kill it. Most college courses are not structured for student learning; they're structured for professors teaching. 


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Don’t Dismiss MOOCs – We Are Just Starting To Understand Their True Value

Don’t Dismiss MOOCs – We Are Just Starting To Understand Their True Value | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Freely available online courses have enriched many people’s lives – both students and academics. They are also provoking real transformations in the way we think about learning and teaching on our campuses.

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AUDIO | How Consumer Technology Companies Like Apple Set The Standard for Higher Ed

AUDIO | How Consumer Technology Companies Like Apple Set The Standard for Higher Ed | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Consumer technologies have focused on making the lives of their users easier, and this is a lesson higher education leaders should follow.As consumer technologies began to target a wider demographic, their products evolved to meet the needs of those different groups. Higher education faces a similar challenge and should take the cue from leaders such as Apple in this regard.

 

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European Association for International Education. Conference Program

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Internationalisation of higher education has gone from strength to strength over the last 25 years and higher education professionals are now looking to the next steps; the next phase of internationalisation. This comes at a time when the dynamic field of international education is undergoing some of the greatest transformations ever, in all aspects of teaching, learning and administration. Will this transformation change the mould of the traditional higher education institution? What do the next 25 years have in store for us?

 

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Making Top Colleges Less Aristocratic and More Meritocratic

Making Top Colleges Less Aristocratic and More Meritocratic | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

It is not just the wealthiest colleges that can afford to be economically diverse. And government policies could also make a difference. Taken together some steps — and actions by individual colleges and donors — would help the nation’s elite institutions of higher learning look less like an aristocracy and more like the meritocracy they are supposed to embody.

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Community College And The Four-Year Degree

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Is the dividing line between community college and the four-year college breaking down. More and more community colleges are offering bachelor's degrees.
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ACE Alternative Credit Project to Increase Attainment Levels for Nontraditional Learners With Some College, No Degree

ACE Alternative Credit Project to Increase Attainment Levels for Nontraditional Learners With Some College, No Degree | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
ACE launches groundbreaking effort to form a next-generation alternative credit system that will boost the ability of nontraditional learners to gain a college degree.
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MOOCs 2.0: Scaling One-on-One Learning

MOOCs 2.0: Scaling One-on-One Learning | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

The MOOC 2.0 will provide scaling for the second phase — the learning phase — by scaling 1-on-1, face-to-face learning. Indeed, the technology is already in place and widely available: video chat. Interestingly, a quick web search for face-to-face learning paints a clear picture of the status quo: it’s face-to-face learning versusonline learning. Is it not obvious that face-to-face learning can occur online as well?

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New college rankings remind us of what's wrong with American higher education

New college rankings remind us of what's wrong with American higher education | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
As long as we continue to define “the best colleges” as those that enroll the best students–as opposed to those that teach their students the most or deliver the best return on investment–rankings competition will do little to expand educational opportunity.
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Andrew P. Kelly: "The pressure to climb the US News rankings may pay off for colleges, but it actually hurts students and families in the long run."

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College Rankings and Index of Universities

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U.S. News and World Report is out with its annual college rankings today, and Princeton University kept its spot in first place. The rankings can pose an annual PR boost or headache for universities as prospective students and their families pay close attention to the singular number U.S. News grants colleges. Williams continued to top the list for best liberal arts colleges.

The New York Times today published its own index of universities to analyze how colleges are addressing an education gap among students low, middle and higher income families. Vassar tops their list for doing the most to close the gap, with Grinnell placing second. The largest discovery: "otherwise similar colleges often have very different levels of commitment to economic diversity."

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has released its annual Education at a Glance report, which analyzes indicators -- educational attainment, student mobility, education funding, employment rates by education level -- across 34 OECD member economies and 10 additional ones. Among the report's findings for the U.S.: a significant portion of American adults have achieved higher education (43 percent), but the higher ed attainment rate is growing faster in other countries. Upward mobility is also less common in the U.S., with just 30 percent of adults attaining a higher level of education than did their parents. (RealClearEducation).

 

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Moving the Goalposts: How Demand for a Bachelor’s Degree Is Reshaping the Workforce

Moving the Goalposts: How Demand for a Bachelor’s Degree Is Reshaping the Workforce | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Job seekers face being shut out of middle-skill, middle-class occupations by employers’ rising demand for a bachelor’s degree. Full report here: http://burning-glass.com/media/4737/Moving_the_Goalposts.pdf ;

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Online Learning Doesn’t Have to Be Isolating: Exploring the Mentoring Model

Online Learning Doesn’t Have to Be Isolating: Exploring the Mentoring Model | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
The mentorship model creates a new layer of accountability for online students and has a significant impact on their academic success.
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On the Immense Good Fortune of Higher Education

On the Immense Good Fortune  of Higher Education | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Colleges are what great societies build. That means colleges have a lot to live up to. The standard research-university model—autonomous professors rewarded for scholarship, untrained in teaching, and unaccountable for student learning—dominates every aspect of modern higher education, including the vast majority of colleges, which have no mandate for research. It is obvious that students are cheated by this structural inattention to their academic well-being. The history of higher learning in America is substantially a story of people pointing out the problems inherent in this arrangement, and being ignored.



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The Quest for Critical Thinking

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Few phrases are bandied about as much in higher education circles these days as “critical thinking” is. Professors say they teach it; politicians and people hiring graduates say they want to see it. But it is difficult to define with precision. On Tuesday, September 23 at 2 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman will conduct a free webinar to talk about the issues raised in the booklet's articles. 



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